Introduction: Steampunk QR Code Necklace

I wanted to design a necklace that had a QR Code in it. I figured it would be an awesome conversation piece and also a great way of giving my information out at a jewelry show or at a party. I wanted to have a steampunk feel to the piece and that is why I went with the octopus leg with gears as the suckers. I debated on having the octopus leg curl around the QR Code but I decided to go with the leg holding up the QR Code. I figured this way would also allow me to also easily change the QR Code later.

I originally wanted to do this project out of wood. Unfortunately, I'm not very well good with using the wood burning iron. It would also been a wonderful project for laser cutter. Instead I was able to find some chipboard that I had from some brochures, so I decided to try it out.

Items I Used:

Chipboard
Glue
Embossing Powder (sterling silver & Pirate Gold)
Embossing Ink Pen
Heat Gun
Paper
Laser Printer
Head Pins
Chain
Toggle Clasp
Czech Fire-Polished Beads (4mm & 6mm)
ecraft (but you can use scissors)
Scissors
Rosary Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
Tablet (or computer)

Step 1: Create a QR Code


I used our tablet with android to create and test my QR Code. For the information on it, I used my website for jewelry. There are also a bunch of websites dedicated to creating QR Codes if you search online. I made mine a little smaller in inkscape and printed it out with my laser printer.

I didn't want the paper to be too bright so I aged the paper by using a tea bag (that I already used for tea) and swiped it over the QR Code. Then I let it dry.

Step 2: Cut Your Shapes


First I created a pattern for the octopus leg and the drop holding the QR code using Inkscape. I then used my ecraft to cut out three octopus legs and three drops out of chipboard. You can trace out the pattern on chipboard and use scissors to cut it out if you don't have a craft cutter. The three of each piece will make the focals more sturdy.

I waited to cut the gears out till later because they will be vary small and it is easier to emboss the chipboard first.

Step 3: Emboss


To get the gold look of the piece I used an Embossing pen, powder, and a heat gun. I only embossed what will be the front and back of my pieces.

I also embossed an area on a piece of chipboard using a sterling silver emboss. Then used the ecraft to cut out the gears.

Step 4: Glue Together

I glued the pieces of chipboard together. I also cut the gears in half and glued them on top of the octopus leg. The last piece that I glued on was the QR code to the top of the drop.

Step 5: Make Necklace & Connect

I then used headpins, beads, chain, and rosary pliers to create the necklace. I also made the octopus leg and drop connect with a headpin and bead. Finally I finished it off with a toggle clasp. Then it was ready to wear and make a statement!

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mr+monoply33 made it!(author)2011-12-30

I did this a while ago, but couldn't post it in the comments for fear of it being found before I had the chance to surprise her with it.

I found a local store that specialized in trophies and plaques. They happened to have a laser engraver that was capable of writing a QR on a tolerably small level. I liked the idea more as a bracelet charm over a necklace, just so it's a bit more subtle.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2012-01-02

It turned out really good! Hope she liked it!

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ScottyAlmanjoy made it!(author)2011-11-08

This. Isn't. Steampunk.

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Crabby made it!(author)2011-12-15

What is? Or do you not know and just wanted to chime in about some personal gripe

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-09

Sorry that you feel that way.

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ScottyAlmanjoy made it!(author)2011-11-09

Those who do feel that way are sheeple, believing anything that says "steampunk" is steampunk. Steampunk, as an aesthetic type, usually includes some sort of pseudo-steam or pseudo-clockwork mechanism, as well as often brass and/or leather material, and based on Victorian-era fashion. This has none of those facets.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-09

What’s not steampunk about an Antiqued brass colored necklace with garnet colored beads that has a focal as an octopus leg with gears as suckers? I think you are missing what Instructables is about. It is not only to share our ideas but also to help us improve upon our ideas. I think for a lot of us we use what we have to make our projects. Just because some of us can see potential in a project doesn’t mean that we are “sheeple.” I’ve stated very plainly that I wanted to use a different medium but it didn’t work out. The great thing is that the community has now helped me with a few ideas that would definitely help me to change my project for the better. What is even more wonderful is that there are instructables to help me with it. Even if I didn’t want to change the project, I’m sorry you can’t think out of the box. I think one of the beauties of steampunk is that it’s not clearly defined in a set of rules and it is open for imagination. Creativity is the beauty of seeing beyond what something currently is or may have been to make something new.

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Savernal made it!(author)2011-11-30

Great use of embossing powder, the only mod I'd make would be to round the corners of the QR code charm (for comfort).

FYI for you builders: kickstarter has a cheap(ish) 3D printer kit going right now, if you're confident in tech building abilities.

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2900CC made it!(author)2011-11-28

Always remember the girl model, muuuuack so cute.

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sholtomaud made it!(author)2011-11-07

love it! I'm surprised the US marines don't use it on their dog tags.

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sokamiwohali made it!(author)2011-11-21

im not suprised...they dont usually use an idea thats not theirs and get pissed when someone tries to use their ideas.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-08

Thank You! That's a good point on the dog tags. I'm curious how long before everything has a qr code on it.

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whisperonthewind made it!(author)2011-11-07

What's a QR code?

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

QR Code, aka quick response code, is a type of barcode that can be read by a cell phone. The QR code can have text or commands encoded into it. Mine has my jewelry website address encoded into it :)

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IncrediblyCondensedBlackMatter made it!(author)2011-11-19

yeah, but now you've given nerd guys an excuse to stare at/take pictures of your chest XD

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anvil_man made it!(author)2011-11-10

Nice...I Like this Idea. Would you mine sharing what site you used to print the code.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-10

http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/ I used our tablet to create mine but for our online webstore we used this website. It allowed us to encode a little more information in the QR Code.

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cbraden-williams made it!(author)2011-11-10

Cool project! I can't wait to try my own version with shrink plastic. You make your pattern almost twice as big as the finished pieces will be, which makes it easier to cut out. You can trace the pattern through the shrink plastic. Use a hole punch to make the holes and apply the ink and powder before shrinking the plastic pieces in the oven. The plastic shrinks and becomes thicker and harder and the embossing becomes concentrated and smooth. You can also paint, draw or stamp on the shrink plastic before curing it and it becomes a permanent part of the cured plastic. I would make a stencil for the gears and carefully use it to stencil on the silver embossing powder. You could also make the gears seperately and then glue them on after curing. Shrink plastic can even be curved and shaped while it is still hot. Wear thick gloves to handle the hot plastic. Once it's cool, you can drill it and sand or file the edges smooth. I'll post a picture when mine is done.

WARNING: Shink plastic is fun and very addictive!

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-11

Very good idea! I had never thought about embossing shrinky dinks. I'm excited to try it ou when I get some time.

I would love to see your version! :)

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mjursic made it!(author)2011-11-07

Wow, this is awesome! good on ya!

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-08

Thanks!

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lafnbear made it!(author)2011-11-03

@sandgurl: Don't know if anyone else has tried this, but thought you might be interested to know: even scanning the picture of the code in the 'ible works...

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-03

I was wondering about the actual distance someone would have to be away from the piece but never had any idea that it would work from the instructable. Interesting!

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lilith79 made it!(author)2011-11-07

I just scanned it and it worked. :)

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mr+monoply33 made it!(author)2011-11-07

Now i just need a laser engraver.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

Me Too!!! I need to go around the house singing, "I'm dreaming of a laser engraver." But then I think I will be told I need to get a new boyfriend or that I better win a contest!

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mr+monoply33 made it!(author)2011-11-07

If I ever get one, and you find your self with a spare 3D printer, We can share.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

We are still looking for the extrusion head so that we can start building our RepRap. We have most of the other parts! Although, I think casting is on the books first.

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mr+monoply33 made it!(author)2011-11-07

Any chance I can get you to print me some parts? :D haha


I looked in to making one years ago, 2008 or '09. The only tutorials were for the Darwin build. I put it on the back burner until I recently got a copy of some software I can use to render 3D images.

Best of luck, if you get it working, drop me a line, upload some pictures!

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pop88 made it!(author)2011-11-07

thank you clspy

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

Thanks for checking it out!

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traciy2 made it!(author)2011-11-07

Love love love this!!! Great job on everything. The embossing is just the right color and the beads on the necklace are perfect. I have a glass locket that I can use to house the QR code for my website. Thanks for the awesome idea :)

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

Thank you! The locket is a wonderful idea!

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KreaKatri made it!(author)2011-11-07

Very cool!
Really nice way to give out your information :)

You could also put a necklace/bracelet lock on it, so you can change the piece of jewelry you put it on, depending on the occasion, making different styles of jewelry to put it on. That way you aim the "advertisement" specifically on the audience.


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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

Thanks! It would be nice to make it interchangeable. Great Idea!

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DrHoppe made it!(author)2011-11-07

This would be a very cool real world item if you could get one made in etched metal with favorite sayings and things like that. You should consider doing this more professionally and making some money on it!

It's like making geek and chic meet up somewhere in the middle...and for the record your photo is the perfect middle ground. ;)

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

I agree with you about the etched metal! If not etched maybe a two-toned color by using brass and copper?

Thank you about the middle ground.... I was starting to wonder! :)

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JoeStrout made it!(author)2011-11-07

I love it. It really does give guys (and girls?) an excuse to take a picture of your cleavage, but as long as you're OK with that, why not?

I wonder if you could do something similar with earrings, too.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-07

I don't really see a problem with anyone taking a picture of my cleavage when I have the QR Code hanging in that area. It's just part of it.

I originally wanted to do a bracelet but figured a necklace would get a little more attention. Earrings would also be a great option and I believe most people on average would feel more comfortable taking a photo of earrings. I guess it depends on where you are and who you are trying have take a photo.

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VeraFyde made it!(author)2011-11-04

Love this! Sweet idea!

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-06

Thank You :)

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Brother_P made it!(author)2011-11-04

Hey! Did anyone else notice the necklace ;-)

Seriously, very cool idea of retro and contemporary.

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-06

Thank You!

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lwaters51 made it!(author)2011-11-03

Great Job Sandy

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-03

Thanks!

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brunoip made it!(author)2011-11-02

It will be confusing if you see a guy trying to scan it :P

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lafnbear made it!(author)2011-11-03

Makes for a unique pick-up line: "excuse me, could I scan your cleavage?"

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-02

hehe.... I guess it would get some attention one way or another!

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-11-02

I think this looks great! I love that you embossed it!

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sandgurl made it!(author)2011-11-02

Thank You! I fell in love with the sterling silver embossing color. It really shimmers when you get it in the right light.

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